Sharks centre Marius Joubert’s return to the side may have proved short-lived, with the veteran having sustained a neck injury against the Cheetahs that has him in doubt for Friday’s game against Griquas.
Sharks team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde confirmed on Saturday evening that there was some concern over the knock suffered by Joubert an hour into the game and that he would need to go for scans to rule out anything serious. While nothing further has been said, it would make sense to pencil his name into the doubtful column ahead of tomorrow’s team announcement.
Another player who may not feature – for an altogether different reason – is flyhalf Fred Michalak, who made an unexplained and rather hurried trip back to France on Saturday night. Michalak only returned from his Paris mini-break this morning and with the Sharks having a short turnaround time in-between games this week, it’s not yet clear whether the French ace will be included in the side after missing out on a practice session or two.
Expect Stefan Terblanche to return to the centres should Joubert be ruled out, while either of Jacques-Louis Potgieter or Meyer Bosman could take over the flyhalf duties from Michalak if required.Tweet